Name:               Stéphanie Falardeau, RECE

Position:           Resource Consultant

How long have you worked for CISS/AFCS?
Since January 2018.

Why did you choose this field?
I have chosen this field because for me, children are the treasures of our society. They are all unique and putting aside their differences/challenges, they are capable of extraordinary things. My work gives me the chance to celebrate every day, with families and other contributors to the child’s development, the successes, even the smallest ones, of the children. It’s finishing my work day, having the satisfaction, that today I might have made a difference.

What’s your favourite part of the job?
The part that I prefer in my work is without a doubt, the possibility of participating actively in the evolution of inclusion. Whether it is by having conversations with educators on what is inclusion, or even participating in finding solutions, to ensure that a child is included in a program, this perspective of my work, makes me feel so blessed and fulfilled.

Do you have children of your own?
Yes, I am a mother of a 3 year old boy named Lucas. He is pretty active and knows how to keep his parents busy! Lucas was born with a medical condition called Supra Ventricular Tachycardia. This condition makes his heart rate abnormally high when having what they call, an episode (300BpM). He is now medicated to control his heart rate and will stay on it until he is 8 years old, where he will be a candidate for a surgery. Like every other child, this does not makes him less of a ray of sunshine in our lives!

What is your dream destination for travel?
I dream of touring around Canada in a RV. Discovering the Rockies and doing snowmobile in the mountains, going to the Prince Edward Island to see their potato fields, etc. All that to say that I would love to get to know my country before visiting or touring another one.